Frequently Asked Questions


What is the function of the OIG?

The Office of State Inspector General (OIG) investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or misconduct within the executive branch of state government.


How was the OIG formed?

The OIG was originally formed by executive order in 1988 under Governor Buddy Roemer’s administration. It was later enabled by Legislature and converted into a law enforcement agency in 2008. The Inspector General is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Louisiana State Senate.


What is the jurisdiction of the OIG?

The Office of State Inspector General has jurisdiction over all departments, offices, agencies, boards, commissions, task forces, authorities, and divisions of the executive branch of state government as specifically provided in Title 36 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. This jurisdiction can extend to local government entities when state or federal funds are involved. 


Is the Office of State Inspector General a law enforcement agency?

The OIG is a law enforcement agency staffed by POST certified criminal investigators. The office investigates criminal matters and brings cases for prosecution in both federal and state court.


How Do I file a complaint without losing my job as a state employee?

Under certain circumstances, the OIG may be able to provide you with confidentiality. In addition, there are provisions under Louisiana law that protect employees from retaliation under certain circumstances.


When does the OIG initiate an investigation?

Investigations are only initiated upon the receipt of credible information alleging an act of fraud, waste, financial mismanagement or corruption within the executive branch of state government.  Only the Inspector General can authorize the initiation of an investigation.


Are OIG investigations confidential?

Records prepared or obtained by the OIG in connection with investigations shall be deemed confidential and protected from disclosure. 

Any record or information obtained by the OIG that is confidential pursuant to any other provision of law shall remain confidential, and it shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, for the Inspector General or any of his employees, or any other public official, corporation, or individual, to make public any such information or record.



Louisiana State Inspector General

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 602 North 5th Street, Suite 621, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

PHONE NUMBER: (225) 342-4262 | FAX NUMBER: (225) 342-6761


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